Linett Kamala (b. 1970, London, U.K.)
Linett Kamala is an interdisciplinary artist who progressed to the top of the education profession in an executive position for a multi-academy trust, whilst still working as a creative. Her personal educational journey and how it links with the life stories of others forms the basis for much of her work.
Kamala’s mainly monochrome paintings and sculptures merge collage with expressive hand script which she refers to as ‘freestyle calligraffiti’. She draws inspiration from calligraphy, graffiti, music and abstract expressionism.
Her first piece of street artwork dates back to the early 1970s, when as a child she painted a mural on the front of a youth club building in Kensal Green, London. She went on to graduate from University of the Arts London (London College of Communications) and University College London (Institute of Education).
Her on-going project ‘State of Education’ takes the British education system as its focus by raising awareness of academic research and educational policies, whilst highlighting forgotten or untold stories. Through making use of current and historical artefacts, as well as educational documents in her work, Kamala seeks to encourage through a restorative lens reflection, conversation, debate and where appropriate, a call for action.
Kamala uses art in a therapeutic way to make sense of her leadership journey within education, particularly in response to the emotionally challenging aspects of her former role of a senior leader. This included having to deal with issues such as discrimination, trauma, violence and the loss of life.
Her passion for enriching the lives of others through art, well-being and education is demonstrated by collaborations on creative projects with numerous organisations spanning over 30 years.
Her typical week is a mixture of painting in her North West London studio, working on various education consultancy assignments, training senior school leaders and inspiring the next generation of artists through her work as an art educator. It is this mixture of interaction which informs and makes her work so relevant.
Kamala is Director of Lin Kam Art, a company which seeks to enrich lives through meaningful visual art activities and experiences, a Board Director for the Notting Hill Carnival and President of University of the Arts London Alumni of Colour Association.
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